I guess this is a sort of a free for all, but on the state of my kitchen, pantry, fridge, and freezer. I've cleared the fridge of leftovers from the comings and goings of the long weekend. There's a few things like containers holding a meals worth of cheesy potatoes and bean soup intentionally reserved in the freezer. Wait, one more bowls worth of soup is left for my lunch today. It will be welcome as it's going to stay below 20° until after 12:00. I made it Sunday, sent home a jar with my daughter, and kept one for us. It was cold and snowy yesterday, so perfect for a soup and sandwich supper.
Sluggy's November food post reminded me that I'm clueless of what I spent in the month. I'm going to try and pay more attention in December, and start tracking in January. With DH's pending retirement, I need to know if my budget is realistic. We'll want treats and special meals occasionally, but just like bean soup on a snowy day, I'm happy for simpler fare day to day. I'd just like more variety than days of leftovers.
Are you still doing a lot of eggs? I've found we're eating fewer. DH used to have them a couple times a week as sandwiches or breakfast burritos, but has learned towards bagels and cereal lately. I bake more with flax seed eggs than real eggs as I like to share with my daughter. It's not so much the eye watering price as it is were just eating fewer as eggs. I made brunch the other day thanks to seeing sausage links at Kwik Trip at $2.99 a package. Eggs, sausage, toast, and leftover cheesy potatoes was a feast. Even at $4 a dozen, I can make a broccoli or spinache and cheese quiche or egg bake, for about $1.25 a portion. I'll probably add more egg meals to December.
By happenstance, I saw packages of boneless skinless chicken breasts at $1.69 a pound. I grabbed a package that had about 1.5 pounds. I should have grabbed more but didn't have a cart or basket as I ran in for just one thing. I already had plenty of chicken, but at that price, might get some more. My sister in law made chicken cordon bleu the other night. It was ok, but over baked a bit so dry. I'll perhaps stuff these with cheese and spinach and coat with bread crumbs for a little change in just the same baked option.
No recipes to share today, or much if anything but rambling. What are you thinking kitchen and pantry heading into December? Are you on a simple track or do you start the decadence and fancy stuff all month?
I thought this meme was funny, and feels like the state of my kitchen from time to time.